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I could still remember that on hot lazy afternoons when I felt like snacking, I would raid my mother's peanut butter jar. I would scoop a heaping spoonful of the smooth peanut butter and lick it like ice cream. I would repeat the ritual until it would almost ruin my appetite for dinner.

Then, as I got older, I realised how much fat peanuts contained and had sworn that I would never indulge in that habit ever again.

Well, I have to eat my words now. Thanks to recent research, I found that nuts can help to ward off diseases. One cannot eat excessive amount of nuts but with care and awareness, I can now afford to go
back to my childhood habit once more, albeit this time, I restrict myself to only a spoonful. At least, I kept telling myself, I am doing myself a favour by not having that afternoon cookie or muffin!

Why do I go back to my pre-adolescent pleasure? Well, I found that the more nuts we eat, particularly almonds, the lower our levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol become.

However, what to watch out for would be the fact that nuts are actually high in calories and fat. Imagine, 15 cashew nuts for instance, contain 180 kilocalories!

So, snacking on nuts may then be a tricky business. Why? Do you honestly think that one will impose self-discipline to stop at 15 delicious Cashew nuts? Far from it! Chances are, one will tend to over-snack on nuts.

The key to healthy eating is moderation. Nuts can definitely be a part of a healthy diet if one allows it.

One of the more ideal approaches will be to still enjoy nuts but instead of adding the nuts to one's diet, consider replacing some of the food items in one's daily meals, especially those that are high in saturated fats, with them. For instance, instead of adding chocolate chips when making cookies, replace the chips with nuts.

So, what do I do now when I have that urge to snack on those hot afternoons? I will make sure that I will limit myself to just one precious spoonful. This time around, as an adult, I do not get that overstuffed feeling after spoonfuls of peanut butter. In fact, I enjoy that satisfying fuzzy feeling one gets when one indulges in one's favourite snack; yet, I still feel that I am in control over what I eat. If I still do get a little peckish, I would go for fruits and perhaps a cashew nut or two!

     
  1. As a child, the writer would snack on ______.
       
    (A) a spoonful of peanut butter before dinner
    (B) a few spoonfuls of peanut butter before dinner
    (C) a jar of peanut butter after dinner
    (D) enough peanut butter that would ruin her appetite for dinner
       
  2. When the writer got older, what was it that made her give up her habit ?
       
    (A) It was the fact that the spoon contained fat.
    (B) She found that she got fat from eating peanut butter.
    (C) She found out that nuts contained a lot of fat.
    (D) The habit was rather frightening.
       
  3. What made the writer go back to her habit ?
       
    (A) She found out that nuts can help to ward off diseases.
    (B) She wants to raise her LDL cholesterol level.
    (C) She found out that nuts contained a lot of fat.
    (D) The habit can be rather frightening.
       
  4. Why did the writer mention that eating nuts is a tricky business ?
       
    (A) One will tend to eat a lot at one go.
    (B) It is messy to eat nuts.
    (C) We need to be self-disciplined.
    (D) one must learn to eat only 15 cashew nuts.
       
  5. What would the writer do now if she is still feeling hungry after snacking ?
       
    (A) She eats another spoonful of peanut butter.
    (B) She will then have her dinner.
    (C) She will have fruits.
    (D) She will have peanut butter for dinner again.
       
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  Answers : 1D   2C   3A   4A   5C
 
 
 
 

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